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I had a discussion with my pal about the new film. I just stated vaguely that Solo sucks (as well as TFA, TLJ and to a lesser degree, R1). He replied:
>“What was wrong with Solo? Be specific?”
And I'm seeing that same question in this thread, so I'll just copy my reply here for anyone who's still asking that question. I'm not going to use yellow-text. Everything below this is a quote though.
By making Han a good, kind-hearted hero in this film, they undermined his original character arc, in which he started as a dashing selfish rogue and turned into an empathetic general of the rebellion.
We didn't get enough time to invest ourselves in Qira and Han's relationship, so when he decides that he's going to dedicate himself to saving her, it comes across as forced (no pun). This is only made worse by Khaleesi's demeanor when the two finally meet on Dryden's ship. (Let alone the laziness in writing that is the massive coincidence of them meeting there). Her attitude towards him immediately confirms any suspicions we’ve had that maybe he's following his
heart penis a bit too blindly, especially given that, I should point out again, he's supposed to have started out as a selfish yet charming rogue.
So the films ends with Han fighting Dryden, but then Qira betrays Dryden, but then she betrays Han, but then- PSYCHE- she betrays Dryden again, but then, she betrays Han one more time anyway. I get the value of subversion in film, but this isn't it. This character writing doesn't establish a motive, and the betrayals don't feel like they have any meaning or purpose other than to surprise us, yet by this point in the film we've already eaten so much subversion that it's hard to be surprised by anything short of
Darth Maul Exar Fucking Kun returning, because even Maul wouldn’t be surprising at this point, and so it only makes more confusing an already sloppily written character. What motive could she possibly have to do this ridiculous back-and-fourth quintuple agent stuff? I'd wager it's about female empowerment, a noble aim, but man did they pull it off infinitely better with Darth Traya, the Betrayer, in KotOR2, and Princess Leia in the original trilogy.
Darth Maul was an exciting shoehorn for the fans, myself included, but his story was already tied up in Rebels, so now we're stuck with another plot-armored main character, who’s lightsaber color is transmitted through holographic communication for some reason (Very Cool). Qira's character arc wasn't in the film, and it only hurt an already hard-to-believe relationship between her and Han. The transition she makes from the time we first see her as a slave, to the time when she's working for Dryden is so substantial that she may as well be two different characters, and yet we don't see any of that transition in the film. Luke in TLJ falls into a similar pit, with his massive character change occurring off-screen, that turns him into a bitter selfish space-alien-breastfeeding hermit that lives with porgs. Maybe we could have bought into it, if only we had saw his fall. Like William Shakesman once said, "Show, don't tell."
I don't assume you've ever had to run from the police or government, but if you did have to, would you go to a military recruitment office and ask for a job? That seems like a counter-intuitive thing to do if you're wanted by that military's government, no? The whole film is plagued with these gaps in logic, as well as numerous blows to the established canon (nothing as bad as General Poppins unconsciously flying through space, but still).
Boy, this is already turning into a massive reply. I tried to be concise, and I can keep going if you're interested, or you can address some of my criticisms and we can pick them apart a bit. It's just that there really are so many things about it that it's hard to capture them all here, or even dive into them thoroughly. I suppose I'll just keep on trucking.
Did we really need (at best) awkward and (at worst) laughable backstories for things like how Han got his name (a recruiter came up with it on the fly), or how he got his blaster (some guy gave it to him), or why he calls Chewbacca "Chewie," (Chewbacca is too long), or how Lando got his 'Jabba's Palace Guard Disguise' (I don't even..)? I mean, why would Lando even use a disguise that looks like Jabba's Palace Guards anywhere but at Jabba's Palace? He held onto that random helmet for the last decade, just in case some day he would need to break into Jabba's Palace? Where did he even get it?
At every turn, obsessive long-term fans are bluntly met with the reality that Mr. Howard, while an excellent director (Disclaimer: I don’t actually know any of his other films- I’m just being nice), did not take sufficient time to explore the Star Wars canon before writing the film (probably since he was reshooting somebody else's first attempt at the film in three weeks), and instead used cheap references and shallow backstories to connect his film to the Star Wars universe. But even more important than consistency within the franchise is the fact that the characters weren't compelling and the story felt lazy, and was paced poorly, leading to a lot of people being really bored. While TFA was a blatant rip of ANH and general Star Wars tropes (not unlike a certain star trek film or two), and maybe we only all enjoyed it initially because of how excited we were for a new SW film, it still was somewhat engaging (a little bit). And The Last Rian Johnson Movie at least had vast comedic value for our inner pessimist. And Rogue 1 (and RotS too for that other guy) weren't bad films, not awful anyway.
And I didn't even get into Lando being confirmed by Donald Glover to be a technosexual. I just don't have enough beer for this kind of- I mean look, this doesn't benefit the film in any way- it's one of the most off-putting retcons in star wars since midichlorians. And yet this representation of pansexuality doesn't even help those who exist outside of a gender-binary system, which we can only assume was the whole point, since social messaging in star wars is commonplace now. In fact, it makes humor out of pansexuals by defining them as robot fetishists, so even in shilling for positive social progress the film fails.
This post was edited by C_Higgy on 14-06-2018 10:11:24